CANVAS

College Autism Network Virtual Association of Scholars

The College Autism Network Virtual Association of Scholars (CANVAS) invites individuals from around the world, who conduct research on and/or work with postsecondary students with autism, to communicate and collaborate with one another. Established in February 2018, CANVAS extends the work of the College Autism Network to a global level, welcoming faculty, researchers, student affairs practitioners, students, and others to capitalize on their talents and work toward making college more accessible, inclusive, and rewarding for students with autism. 

To join a live meeting, please email Brett Nachman (bnachman@wisc.edu) or join the CANVAS listserv to get detailed reminders about upcoming meetings. 

 

Upcoming Meetings & Presenters

2020

    • Thurs, July 16 at 1pm ET: Alexandra Sturm (Loyola Marymount University) discusses her recently-published journal article: “Academic and Psychosocial Characteristics of Incoming College Freshmen with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Role of Comorbidity and Gender”
    • Thurs, Aug 13 at 11am ET: Eilidh Cage (University of Stirling) and Jack Howes (Autistic Writer and Fundraiser) discuss “Dropping out: Understanding the university experiences of autistic students who could not complete their studies.”
    • Thurs, Sept 17 at 11am ET: Jonathan Vincent (York St. John University) discusses “Transitions from higher education for autistic students and graduates: qualitative insights from the UK context
    • Thurs, Oct 15 at 2pm ET: Julie Lounds Taylor (Vanderbilt University) discusses serving as an editor of the Autism journal: “Pulling back the curtain: tips from the editorial desk.” 
    • Thurs, Nov 12 at 3pm ET: Cheryl Widman (University of Illinois at Chicago) discusses “Understanding Parent Participation in the Postsecondary Education of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder”

Past Meeting Minutes & Author Presentations

2020

 May

April

  • Presenter: Sean LaRoque (Mansfield Hall)
  • Topical Focus: Measuring autistic college students’ journeys to adulthood using the Pathway to Independence Inventory: Development, results and lessons learned at Mansfield Hall – a residential college support program for students with learning differences.
  • Meeting Minutes

March

  • Presenters: Jodi Duke and Grace Francis (George Mason University) 
  • Topical Focus: Research on autistic college students and co-occurring mental health disorder; discussions on the impact of needs and coping strategies.
  • Meeting Minutes

February

  • Featured Presenter: Amy Radochonski (College Living Experience)
  • Topical Focus: “Crosswalks” between postsecondary education institutions and independent autism programs
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Recorded Presentation Video

January

  • Featured presenter: Brad Cox (Florida State University | College Autism Network)
  • Meeting Minutes

2019

November

October

  • Meeting Minutes
  • Featured presenter: Kimberly Ha (Organization for Autism Research)

September

  • Meeting Minutes
  • Featured presenter: Fred Volkmar (Yale University | Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders)

August

  • Meeting Minutes
  • Featured presenter: Valérie Van Hees (Artevelde University College Ghent)

July

May

April

March

February

January

 

2018

November

October

September

August

 

Ways to become involved:

  1. Check out the minutes, presentations, and articles from previous monthly meetings (see links on this page).
  2. Click here to sign up for our autism/higher ed list serv (here where we share news articles, research, events, and other content related to college students with autism). Click “join group” to start receiving emails.
  3. Once you’ve joined the listserv, you can share articles, presentations, and other news by sending an email tocan-canvas@collegeautismnetwork.org
  4. Contact Brett Ranon Nachman (bnachman@wisc.edu) to get updates about upcoming CANVAS meetings.
  5. Visit our CANVAS Google Drive (here we share our meeting agendas, minutes, and other CANVAS content; you can even post a profile about yourself and your work)
  6. Participate in a CANVAS Working Group based on your particular interests. 
    Collaborating on Research, Conducting Multi-site Studies, and/or Exploring Grants 

    Questions about CANVAS?